Landscaping with stone
As part of a major refurbishment of the upscale building by leading architects Foster and Partners, the new gardens are the brainchild of London-based landscape architects, Gustafson Porter, and present a haven of retreat for the some 1,200 treasury staff.
Formerly an inaccessible courtyard, the gardens serve to provide a relaxed and contemporary feel that is in sharp contrast to the surrounding formal built environment. The garden combines the blue/gray stone with stainless steel and hardwood timber with plants, trees and soothing water features.
Primarily used to create an underwater surface for the central water feature, Burlington's blue/gray Kirkby stone was the perfect choice for this project. â€œThe color of this stone provides the perfect illusion of depth when laid beneath water, and creates a mirror effect against the sky and surrounding buildings, especially at night when the facades are well lit,â€ stated Neil Porter of Gustafson Porter. â€œWe have recently been commissioned to complete a design for the East Courtyard, and the choice will almost certainly be Burlington.â€